Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes

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Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes are here in the lineup with buffalo cauliflower and artichoke dip just in time to get me through fantasy football season!

A rectangular baking sheet with jalapeño bacon loaded potatoes, with glasses of beer, and little dishes with chopped tomatoes and crumbled bacon on the side.


 

Why I Love This Recipe

It happened. Football season started and I'm once again left in the cold. It's not that I don't like football, I just know absolutely NOTHING about it. I went to a college where we didn't have a football team (it got cut the year before I got there, because they were so bad) so I never really learned the ins and outs of the game. And high school football doesn't count because while I went to every single game, I was so much more concerned with seeing my girlfriends that paying attention to whatever was happening on the field. Plus I grew up in a house with 3 girls and 1 guy, so we always over-ruled my dad when it came to watching TV! So whenever it's on I'm 100% clueless. But, while I can't get behind spending all day Sunday watching the games or spending hours pouring over a fantasy football team (my husband wakes up early to trade players before his friends wake up so he gets the best trades) .... I can 1000% get behind football food. Hence these Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes!

It's everything you'd want in a loaded potato but in mini form so you can serve them as a side dish, as an appetizer or as a main as far as I'm concerned. There are no rules when it comes to game day grub! The base is my perfectly roasted potatoes (which are on repeat at my house all the time), and then they are loaded up with cheese, jalapeños, bacon and chives. It's half nacho / half loaded potato and you cannot go wrong!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Mise-en-place of all the ingredients to make jalapeño bacon loaded potatoes
  • Red or White-skinned Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Dried Thyme
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fontina Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chives
Toppings:
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sliced Jalapeños

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.

How to Make Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes

A large glass mixing bowl with quartered potatoes, seasonings and olive oil.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, and seasoning; toss until the potatoes are well coated.

A parchment-lined baking sheet with quartered potatoes tossed in seasoning and oil.

Step 2: Dump the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into 1 layer; roast in the oven for at least 1 hour, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning.

A parchment-lined baking sheet with quartered potatoes, roasted in the oven, topped with shredded cheese.

Step 3: Add the cheese in the last 5 minutes and allow to melt.

A parchment-lined baking sheet with quartered potatoes, roasted in the oven, covered in a thin layer of melted cheese, topped with crumbled bacon, chopped tomatoes, and sliced jalapeños.

Step 4: Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste, top with chives, bacon, tomatoes and jalapeños and serve.

How to Store Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes

These are best eaten fresh but you can save leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. You can re-heat them in the oven on a baking sheet.

Tips & Tricks

It’s everything you’d want in a loaded potato but in mini form so you can serve them as a side dish, as an appetizer or as a main as far as I’m concerned.

FAQs

I do not like spicy. What other toppings can I do?

Skip the jalapeños! You can add chopped/crispy onions, sliced olives, pickles or a drizzle of your favorite dressing/condiment.

Should I parboil the potatoes before?

This recipe does not require you to do so. However, it can help cut down the total time required to cook the potatoes.

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Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
Half nacho, half loaded potatoes. You literally can't go wrong!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds small red or white-skinned potatoes
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cups shredded fontina cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Finely chopped chives to garnish

Toppings:

  • Crumbled bacon
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapeños

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, and seasoning; toss until the potatoes are well coated.
  • Dump the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into 1 layer; roast in the oven for at least 1 hour, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning.
  • Add the cheese in the last 5 minutes and allow to melt. Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste, top with chives, bacon, tomatoes and jalapeños and serve.

Notes

It’s everything you’d want in a loaded potato but in mini form so you can serve them as a side dish, as an appetizer or as a main as far as I’m concerned.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 273IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Marian Cooper Cairns / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

14 Comments

  1. These are amazing! I wasn’t too sure about the amount of dried herbs, but all of the ingredients blended together so well. I made the recipe as written. Ridiculously addictive! Thanks Gaby!

  2. Don't be fooled by the simple ingredients, this hearty, flavorful game day treat is ridiculously good! I hate it when people comment and say how they changed the entire recipe. But.... I used a haas avocado in place of the bacon, did a fine dice on the jalapeño to make sure it was in every bite and for the last 5 minutes before I added the cheese, I transferred the potatoes to a cast iron skillet for easy serving. This recipe will be a game day regular. Thanks Gaby!

  3. Hold up, these are amazing. The bacon, the cheese, the jalapenos... everything I love on top of my favorite thing... TATERS! You're a total rockstar for this one!

  4. Hahaha, I always say that I know nothing about football but I am quite well acquainted with the snacks! I think I have my priorities in check;)

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